Epizoic algae distribution on the carapace and plastron of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis, Linnaeus, 1758): A study from the Camargue, France

Stéphanie FAYOLLE, Camille MORICONI, Benjamin OURSEL, Claire KOENIG, Marie SUET, Sébastien FICHEUX, Maxime LOGEZ & Anthony OLIVIER

en Cryptogamie, Algologie 37 (4) - Pages 221-232

Published on 25 November 2016

We investigated epizoic algal assemblages on the shell of European pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) during two years (2013-2014). A total of 60 Emys orbicularis were captured in the three shallow Mediterranean wetlands located in Camargue. Epizoic algae on the plastron (below the shell) and carapace (above the shell) were sampled, identified and counted. Seventy-seven epizoic algal species were identified on the carapace and plastron and comprised in 51 Bacillariophyta, 11 Chlorophyta, 7 Cyanophyta, 6 Euglenophyta, 1 Dinophyta and 1 Xanthophyta taxa. Our findings indicated a distinct distribution of epizoic algae according to taxonomical group density; Chlorophyta, and Cyanophyta were dominant on the carapace whereas the Xanthophyta (genus Vaucheria sp.) was dominant on the plastron. Turtleassociated algal assemblages did not differ among the wetlands

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